It was April 29th, 1976. It was Dick Snyder’s legendary layup with seconds left. It was “The Miracle of Richfield.”
Living in Cleveland Cavaliers lore, the game-seven ending of the team’s first appearance in the NBA Playoffs couldn’t have been scripted any tighter. All square at 85 and with just seconds left on the clock, Jim Cleamons inbounded the ball to Dick Snyder, who pivoted, drove and landed the layup that put Cleveland ahead of the Washington Bullets 87-85. Seconds later, in a celebration previously unseen at the Richfield Coliseum, fans stormed the court, climbed the baskets and tore down the hoops. It marked Cleveland Cavaliers’ first series win in the playoffs and a trip to the Eastern Conference Finals. Pay homage.